Joseph Shine, PT
Owner and Founder
747 Magazine Street, Suite 100                                              
New Orleans, LA 70130
P: (504)525-2225

Joseph Shine is a licensed physical therapist and is the President of Performance Physical Therapy.  He is an expert in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations, Ergonomic Assessments, and WorkSaver Pre-Placement Screens.  He also enjoys lecturing throughout southern Louisiana and has been qualified as an expert witness in state, federal and workers’ compensation court. 

Joe received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans.  He has completed 2 years of advanced post graduate residency training and has passed extensive didactic and practical examinations to earn a Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute.  He is currently completing his research on Early Physical Therapy Intervention for Patients who are Post-Meniscal Repair based on manual therapy techniques to complete the requirements for Doctorate of Physical Therapy.   He has attended many manual therapy courses taught by the University of St. Augustine and Stanley Paris, the Ola Grimsby Institute, and Bjorn Svendsen.   He is certified in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations from Richard Bunch, PhD, P.T. of Industrial Safety and Rehabilitation Institute.  He is also recognized as an Ergonomics Specialist and has trained through the Back Institute of Atlanta, Ray Matheson Association, and Industrial Safety and Rehabilitation Institute.  Joe is also certified in performing WorkSaver Pre-Placement Screenings.  In addition to his specialized studies in manual therapy for orthopedic problems, with special concentrations in spine dysfunctions, Joe has completed several courses with emphasis on hand injuries: tendon repair rehabilitation, concepts in hand bracing, and rehabilitation of the upper quarter.

Joe is recognized as an excellent speaker based on his presentations to local and national organizations.  He has presented to the New Orleans Association of Occupational Health Nurses, a variety of case managers, oil and grain companies, and several other local New Orleans companies.  He is an Adjunct Professor for LSU Physical Therapy, lectures at the school, and serves as a Center Coordinator for Clinical Education overseeing students on their internships.  

Joe has a wide variety of experience in his career.  He served in the Navy Reserves for 12 years ending his commitment in 2002 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Supply Corps.  He was involved in Cargo Handling Battalion operations for most of his career and served as Executive Officer of a 135 member battalion.  He coordinated operations which ranged from loading of ammunition, amphibious off/back loading, and the handling of RORO, containerized cargo, and break-bulk material from Lykes and Waterman class ships.  He graduated from the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens GA, and from the Navy War College.  Joe  served in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm in 1991.  He has been recognized as Junior Officer of the Year in 1993 and has received many military metals/ribbons: Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy “E” for Excellence in Unit Type, Southwest Asia Medal, Sea Service Deployment, and Navy Overseas Service.

Joe has worked in the oil industry throughout his career.  Over several semester breaks while attending college in the early 1980's, he worked for Good Hope Oil Refinery as a boiler maker and welders helper.  In the late 1980's Joe continued to work in the oil industry as a computer analyst for Freeport McMoran.  He continues to perform many ergonomic evaluations, return to work evaluations, and safety awareness lectures at many of the local oil refineries throughout southeast Louisiana.    

Joe has much sports related experience based on his years of playing football, working on the sideline during local football games, and performing pre-season screenings.  Joe is a native of LaPlace, graduating from East St. John High School in 1981 and was a member of East St. John’s 1980 Quad “A” State High School Football Championship team.  He continued his football career by playing as an offensive guard for the Colonels of Nicholls State, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

He is an active member in many organizations.  He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and serves on the membership committee of the local LPTA manual therapy special interest group.  He is also a member of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapist (AAOMPT).  Joe participates in organizations such as Delta Safety, St. John the Baptist Small Business Association, Louisiana Association of Rehabilitation Counselors, and Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers.  He is also on the Foundation Board for New Orleans Christian Brothers’ School.